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* One was featured in an ad for a hearing aid of all things. Showing a man walking with his granddaughter, who gradually grows fuzzy, before fading completely. The colors desaturate as he enters a dark version of the park, with no other life besides faint indistinct whispers on the wind. Probably the most nightmarish commercial ever seen.
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* ''Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters'' has the same idea: an AR Field usually looks like the real world as rendered by a computer that's not very good at it. The colors are warped, the buildings look moldy and abandoned, the sky looks like the Digital World sky as seen in the Xros Wars era, and there are places where it looks as if the world is a hologram that's breaking up, letting you see a strange purple void behind it. The real world's technology is affected; if an attack hits a building in the AR Field, expect technology in the building to go haywire, power to go out, and even things like cell phones to stop working.
* The Dark Ocean in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', gloomy home to digimon that... aren't really digimon, in thrall to a Franchise/{{Cthulhu| Mythos}} {{Expy}}.
* In Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', the seemingly abandoned theme-park/town undergoes a similar transformation at sunset as the streets and buildings come alive with eerie spirits. It [[DarkIsNotEvil isn't actually evil]], though; it's merely where ''kami'' and ghosts go to relax, and naturally is only active after dark.

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* ''Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters'' has the same idea: an AR Field usually looks like the real world as rendered by a computer that's not very good at it. The colors are warped, the buildings look moldy and abandoned, the sky looks like the Digital World sky as seen in the Xros Wars ''Xros Wars'' era, and there are places where it looks as if the world is a hologram that's breaking up, letting you see a strange purple void behind it. The real world's technology is affected; if an attack hits a building in the AR Field, expect technology in the building to go haywire, power to go out, and even things like cell phones to stop working.
* The Dark Ocean in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', gloomy home to digimon that... aren't really digimon, in thrall to a Franchise/{{Cthulhu| Mythos}} {{Expy}}.
* In Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', the seemingly abandoned theme-park/town undergoes a similar transformation at sunset as the streets and buildings come alive with eerie spirits. It [[DarkIsNotEvil isn't actually evil]], though; it's merely where ''kami'' and ghosts go to relax, and naturally is only active after dark.
Franchise/{{Cthulhu|Mythos}} {{Expy}}.



* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', Supergirl is kdinapped and brought to the Innerverse, a world which exists inside her own mind, born from her dark side, and inhabited by hordes of demons and monsters. The sky is a featureless, violet void, the trees are dried and leafless, the land is barren and rotten, and the water is poisonous.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', ''ComicBook/DemonSpawn'', Supergirl is kdinapped kidnapped and brought to the Innerverse, a world which exists inside her own mind, born from her dark side, and inhabited by hordes of demons and monsters. The sky is a featureless, violet void, the trees are dried and leafless, the land is barren and rotten, and the water is poisonous.



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* In Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', the seemingly abandoned theme-park/town undergoes a similar transformation at sunset as the streets and buildings come alive with eerie spirits. It [[DarkIsNotEvil isn't actually evil]], though; it's merely where ''kami'' and ghosts go to relax, and naturally is only active after dark.
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* In season 5 of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' The characters visit Hades which manifests as a Dark World version of Storybrooke.

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* In season 5 of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' The ''Series/OnceUponATime'', the characters visit Hades which manifests as a Dark World version of Storybrooke.



* One was featured in an ad for a hearing aid of all things. Showing a man walking with his granddaughter, who gradually grows fuzzy, before fading completely. The colors desaturate as he enters a dark version of the park, with no other life besides faint indistinct whispers on the wind. Probably the most nightmarish commercial ever seen.



* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': People who are killed by the Kandarian dagger end up in a lifeless mirror version of our world with an unsettling SicklyGreenGlow and inhabited only by some indescript shadow monster that feeds on new arrivals. The physics don't [[AlienGeometries make much sense either]], like trying to go through a door that may open to the other side of town--and it constantly changes.

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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': People who are killed by the Kandarian dagger end up in a lifeless mirror version of our world with an unsettling SicklyGreenGlow and inhabited only by some indescript nondescript shadow monster that feeds on new arrivals. The physics don't [[AlienGeometries make much sense either]], like trying to go through a door that may open to the other side of town--and town -- and it constantly changes.



* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' in 2002 was set in a twisted mirror version of the Islands of Adventure park, called "Islands of Fear", where each of the areas were a dark equivalent of their regular daytime counterpart. Examples including a Port of Entry that was instead a "Port of Evil", a [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] Super Hero Island where ComicBook/{{Carnage}} killed all of the heroes and took over, a Toon Lagoon filled with demented cartoon characters, a Franchise/JurassicPark with both carnivorous dinosaurs and gruesome dinosaur/human hybrids running around freely, a Lost Continent ruled by an EvilOverlord deity, and a [[Creator/DrSeuss Seuss]] Landing set in a derelict [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas Who-Ville]] during the events of ''WesternAnimation/HalloweenIsGrinchNight''

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* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' in 2002 was set in a twisted mirror version of the Islands of Adventure park, called "Islands of Fear", where each of the areas were a dark equivalent of their regular daytime counterpart. Examples including a Port of Entry that was instead a "Port of Evil", a [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] Super Hero Island where ComicBook/{{Carnage}} killed all of the heroes and took over, a Toon Lagoon filled with demented cartoon characters, a Franchise/JurassicPark with both carnivorous dinosaurs and gruesome dinosaur/human hybrids running around freely, a Lost Continent ruled by an EvilOverlord deity, and a [[Creator/DrSeuss Seuss]] Landing set in a derelict [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas Who-Ville]] during the events of ''WesternAnimation/HalloweenIsGrinchNight''''WesternAnimation/HalloweenIsGrinchNight''.



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' did this prominently in one episode. Egon, Peter, and Ray are transported to a hellish alternate version of Manhattan populated by ghosts and malevolent spirits. Interestingly, physics seem reversed there - the visiting humans have supernatural abilities, whereas the native spirits don't. New York City proper has also been transformed into a Dark World version of itself in a few episodes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' did this prominently in one episode. Egon, Peter, and Ray are transported to a hellish alternate version of Manhattan populated by ghosts and malevolent spirits. Interestingly, physics seem reversed there - -- the visiting humans have supernatural abilities, whereas the native spirits don't. New York City proper has also been transformed into a Dark World version of itself in a few episodes.


''(For the proper experience, run the music from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4bHBNXHxGI this video]] as you venture below.)''


* Svartalfheim in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. No wonder, since the trope was name-dropped within the title. This realm is home to the Dark Elves, led by Malekith, who wish to plunge the universe into darkness for reasons unknown.

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* Svartalfheim in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. No wonder, since the trope was name-dropped within the title. This realm is was home to the Dark Elves, led by Malekith, who wish to plunge the universe into darkness for reasons unknown.Malekith.


** "The Frolic", in which an inmate of a mental asylum describes a sort of ruined and rubbish strewn Dark World.

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** "The Frolic", in which an inmate of a mental asylum describes a sort of ruined and rubbish strewn rubbish-strewn Dark World.


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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The parallel world the shadow walkers enter. All the shadows are there, and through these shadow walkers can exit into the normal world wherever they exist, making it a godsend for assassins like Sam. He fears, though, that as the Light grows, the shadow world will fade and eventually disappear.


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* [[ArtefactOfDoom The Casket]] at the beginning of {{VideoGame/DLIRIUM}} is apparently some sort of portal to {{Hell}}. Opening it apparently transforms the manor it's set in into a haunted wasteland filled with tormented souls.

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* [[ArtefactOfDoom The Casket]] at the beginning of {{VideoGame/DLIRIUM}} ''{{VideoGame/DLIRIUM}}'' is apparently some sort of portal to {{Hell}}. Opening it apparently transforms the manor it's set in into a haunted wasteland filled with tormented souls.



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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_matter Mirror matter]] is a hypothetical type of matter that would interact very weakly with normal matter (and with little more than gravity), and that has been proposed to be a candidate to be the elusive [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter Dark matter]], that forms around 80% of the matter in the Universe. If it existed, [[http://www.sciencefocus.com/feature/physics/search-shadow-universe it could even be organized in shadow galaxies with shadow stars that would have shadow planets orbiting it as well as shadow life.]]
* On a more literal note, the world at night. In the middle of the night, many places can give off a quite different (often more spooky) mood than during broad daylight.
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* Some research shows that rogue planets, those that wander across interstellar space instead of orbiting a star, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_planet#Retention_of_heat_in_interstellar_space could be habitable]] assuming they had both a thick atmosphere that retained the little available heat and geothermal processes consequence of either radioactive decay or tidal forces induced by a large satellite extensive enough. Those orbiting brown dwarfs[[note]]objects between stars and planets too light to initiate nuclear fusion[[/note]] could too, but the conditions for them [[https://arxiv.org/abs/1211.6467 are]] ''very'' stringent.


* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' has the Negative World, where the heroes arrive after helping out in the worlds of their nine predecessors. It looks like Natsumi's homeworld, but is full of human-hunting monsters and evil Kamen Riders like [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuga]], [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Orga]], [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Dark Kabuto]] and [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Dark Kiva]].

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* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' has the Negative World, where the heroes arrive after helping out in the worlds of their nine predecessors. It looks like Natsumi's homeworld, but is full of human-hunting monsters and evil Kamen Riders like [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuga]], [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz [[Series/KamenRider555 Orga]], [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Dark Kabuto]] and [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Dark Kiva]].


* The Series/{{Charmed}} Ones had once traveled into a dark version of their world created to keep balance with their version.

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* The Series/{{Charmed}} Series/{{Charmed|1998}} Ones had once traveled into a dark version of their world created to keep balance with their version.


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* Some research shows that rogue planets, those that wander across interstellar space instead of orbiting a star, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_planet#Retention_of_heat_in_interstellar_space could be habitable]] assuming they had both a thick atmosphere that retained the little available heat and geothermal processes consequence of either radioactive decay or tidal forces induced by a large satellite extensive enough. Those orbiting brown dwarfs[[note]]objects between stars and planets too light to initiate nuclear fusion[[/note]] could too, but the conditions for them [[https://arxiv.org/abs/1211.6467 are]] ''very'' stringent

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* Some research shows that rogue planets, those that wander across interstellar space instead of orbiting a star, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_planet#Retention_of_heat_in_interstellar_space could be habitable]] assuming they had both a thick atmosphere that retained the little available heat and geothermal processes consequence of either radioactive decay or tidal forces induced by a large satellite extensive enough. Those orbiting brown dwarfs[[note]]objects between stars and planets too light to initiate nuclear fusion[[/note]] could too, but the conditions for them [[https://arxiv.org/abs/1211.6467 are]] ''very'' stringentstringent.


* Considering that the Light universe in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' was ruled by a totalitarian theocracy led by an inhuman monstrosity, it's saying something that the Dark universe was actually '''''worse'''''.
** There's one world in the dark universe called "the darkest planet in the Dark Zone" by the characters. [[spoiler: Yes, ''of course'' they're [[TakeThatUs talking about Earth]].]]

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* Considering that the Light universe in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' was ruled by a totalitarian theocracy led by an inhuman monstrosity, it's saying something that the Dark universe was actually '''''worse'''''.
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'''''worse'''''. There's one world in the dark universe called "the darkest planet in the Dark Zone" by the characters. [[spoiler: Yes, ''of course'' they're [[TakeThatUs talking about Earth]].]]



** The fan game ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has its Dark World, a freezing and decaying reflection of the real world. It's the place where the [[TheCorruption All-Consuming Darkness]] comes from, and there are theories that this is what the world will look like right before it wins...

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** The fan game * ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has its Dark World, a freezing and decaying reflection of the real world. It's the place where the [[TheCorruption All-Consuming Darkness]] comes from, and there are theories that this is what the world will look like right before it wins...



* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Coldharbour, the [[EldritchLocation Daedric Plane]] of Molag Bal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]], is said to be a "ruined parody" of Nirn, with every imaginable catastrophe and disaster having happened to it. Every surface is said to be [[BloodyBowelsOfHell spattered with blood and excrement]], and the [[EvilSmellsBad smell alone]] is said to be enough to incapacitate any mortals unfortunate enough to be there. If that doesn't do the trick, the place is bitterly cold as its name suggests, even if you have magic to keep you warm.

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Coldharbour, the [[EldritchLocation Daedric Plane]] of Molag Bal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]], is said to be a "ruined parody" of Nirn, with every imaginable catastrophe and disaster having happened to it. Every surface is said to be [[BloodyBowelsOfHell spattered with blood and excrement]], and the [[EvilSmellsBad smell alone]] is said to be enough to incapacitate any mortals unfortunate enough to be there. If that doesn't do the trick, the place is bitterly cold as its name suggests, even if you have magic to keep you warm.



* Dynamis in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. A dream world originally created by the avatar Diabolos to escape the Emptiness, other beings began to be pulled in, and turned it into a Beastmen-dominated version of Vana'diel. The area itself is warped enough that aside from temporary visits by players (even then, they need spiritual assistance to get in), if you get stuck in there, it's for ''good''.

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Dynamis in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. A is a dream world originally created by the avatar Diabolos to escape the Emptiness, other beings began to be pulled in, and turned it into a Beastmen-dominated version of Vana'diel. The area itself is warped enough that aside from temporary visits by players (even then, they need spiritual assistance to get in), if you get stuck in there, it's for ''good''.



* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Soul Reaver'' had the "spectral realm" you had to enter to solve certain puzzles. The geography would often twist and warp, creating paths that weren't in the physical realm. Not to mention the soul-eating monsters that would hunt you down.
** ''Blood Omen:'' Nupraptor's keep is in the shape of a skull, built on a cliff. Looking through one eye socket will show you the lush landscape below. Looking through the other will show you the world through Nupraptor's eyes, a dead, twisted land with blackened ground and lava for water. Kain remarks that Nosgoth doesn't need help to make its corruption apparent.

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Reaver'' had the "spectral realm" you had to enter to solve certain puzzles. The geography would often twist and warp, creating paths that weren't in the physical realm. Not to mention the soul-eating monsters that would hunt you down.
** ''Blood Omen:'' Omen'' has Nupraptor's keep is in the shape of a skull, built on a cliff. Looking through one eye socket will show you the lush landscape below. Looking through the other will show you the world through Nupraptor's eyes, a dead, twisted land with blackened ground and lava for water. Kain remarks that Nosgoth doesn't need help to make its corruption apparent.



** ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'', the prequel to Mabinogi, is about the battle to escape the Shadow World in order to reach the promised land of Erinn, where the original game takes place.

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** * ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'', the prequel to Mabinogi, is about the battle to escape the Shadow World in order to reach the promised land of Erinn, where the original game takes place.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In the MadeForTVMovie, ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Across the Second Dimension]]'', the titular AlternateDimension is a warped version of the Tri-State Area under Doofenshmirtz-2's dictatorship. For reference, [[https://phineasandferb.fandom.com/wiki/File:Flynn-Fletcher_House_2.jpg here]] is Phineas and Ferb's house in the primary universe, while the 2nd-Dimension 2308 Maple Drive looks like [[https://phineasandferb.fandom.com/wiki/File:Kbghkvhgcxfdszs.png this.]]
** Then in the GrandFinale, various objects, animals, and so forth vanish into an empty, grayed version of Danville after they are {{Ret Gone}}d away thanks to Candace and Doofenshmirtz messing with time and space. [[spoiler:This includes [[OhCrap Phineas and Ferb themselves]], and it's up to Candace to rally together their friends and save them.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In the MadeForTVMovie, ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Across the Second Dimension]]'', the titular AlternateDimension is a warped version of the Tri-State Area under Doofenshmirtz-2's dictatorship. For reference, [[https://phineasandferb.fandom.com/wiki/File:Flynn-Fletcher_House_2.jpg here]] is Phineas and Ferb's house in the primary universe, while the 2nd-Dimension 2308 Maple Drive looks like [[https://phineasandferb.fandom.com/wiki/File:Kbghkvhgcxfdszs.png this.]]
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]] Then in the GrandFinale, various objects, animals, and so forth vanish into an empty, grayed version of Danville after they are {{Ret Gone}}d away thanks to Candace and Doofenshmirtz messing with time and space. [[spoiler:This includes [[OhCrap Phineas and Ferb themselves]], and it's up to Candace to rally together their friends and save them.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In the MadeForTVMovie, ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Across the Second Dimension]]'', the titular AlternateDimension is a warped version of the Tri-State Area under Doofenshmirtz-2's dictatorship. For reference, [[https://phineasandferb.fandom.com/wiki/File:Flynn-Fletcher_House_2.jpg here]] is Phineas and Ferb's house in the primary universe, while the 2nd-Dimension 2308 Maple Drive looks like [[https://phineasandferb.fandom.com/wiki/File:Kbghkvhgcxfdszs.png this.]]
** Then in the GrandFinale, various objects, animals, and so forth vanish into an empty, grayed version of Danville after they are {{Ret Gone}}d away thanks to Candace and Doofenshmirtz messing with time and space. [[spoiler:This includes [[OhCrap Phineas and Ferb themselves]], and it's up to Candace to rally together their friends and save them.]]


** In ''Videogame/ElderScrollsOnline'', you visit an abridged version of Coldharbour, [[spoiler: while in VIGILANT, a GameMod for ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVSkyrim'', you visit a part of Coldharbour that was depicted TruerToTheText]].

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** In ''Videogame/ElderScrollsOnline'', ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', you visit an abridged version of Coldharbour, [[spoiler: while in VIGILANT, a GameMod for ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVSkyrim'', you visit a part of Coldharbour that was depicted TruerToTheText]].

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** In ''Videogame/ElderScrollsOnline'', you visit an abridged version of Coldharbour, [[spoiler: while in VIGILANT, a GameMod for ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVSkyrim'', you visit a part of Coldharbour that was depicted TruerToTheText]].

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